WHY IS THE U.S. CONSTITUTION IMPORTANT?
Over 200 years ago, our founding fathers set out to establish this country as a constitutional republic. Why? Because after a thorough study of history and philosophy, they concluded a constitutional republic was the best way to guard against the tyranny of government. Our Constitution was drafted to define the framework of our republic and establish the rule of law to protect our lives and liberty from encroachment by an overzealous government.
It is essential to the health of our nation that every citizen is familiar with and understands our Consitution, its origins, its purpose, its articles, and its amendments. It is only familiarity with our Constitution that allows us to recognize when laws are unjust and our rights are threatened. It is in understanding our Constitution that we are able to demand appropriate action from our elected leaders and judiciary and hold them accountable.
"A Republic, if you can keep it."
~ Ben Franklin
The Federalist Papers, James Madison et al.
The Anti-Federalist Papers, Anon.
How to Read the Federalist Papers, Anthony Peacock
The Federalist Companion, Edward Duvall
Heritage Guide to the Constitution, Edwin Meese et al.
Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, Kevin Gutzman
The U.S. Constitution: A Reader, Hillsdale College Faculty
Constitutionalism and Rule of Law in America, Herman Belz
Uncomplicating the Constitution, Chad Kent